Apple has yet to specify the exact release time for iOS 17, but judging by past updates, it might become available at approximately 6 pm BST.
Today marks the launch of Apple’s newest iPhone operating system, iOS 17, ahead of the upcoming release of the iPhone 15 later this week. Apple unveiled this update back in June and has since conducted beta testing. It is now prepared for a global rollout on compatible iPhones.
Some of the notable features in iOS 17 include a night-time standby mode, interactive widgets, pre-recorded FaceTime messages, and the introduction of a new Journal app.
The exact release time for iOS 17 has not been announced by Apple. However, based on past updates, it could become available around 6 p.m. BST.
If you have automatic updates enabled, iOS 17 should install on your phone without any action required on your part. Nevertheless, updates may not occur immediately. If you’re eager to get the new iOS as soon as possible, you can manually check for it by going to your Settings app, tapping General, and then selecting Software Update. You can tap on the update when it first becomes available here to download and install it.
Before updating, it’s always advisable to back up your phone. To do so, navigate to Settings, select your name, tap iCloud, and then click on iCloud Backup.
Clearing some space on your device may be necessary for the update, as last year’s iOS 16 update was nearly 3GB in size, and a similar size can be expected this time. It’s recommended to be connected to Wi-Fi while performing the backup.
To conserve data, ensure that your phone is connected to Wi-Fi when you initiate the iOS 17 update. This helps avoid using cellular data for the download and installation process.
iOS 17 compatibility excludes the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X due to their age. However, all new iPhone 15 models will come with iOS 17 pre-installed.
The following models are also compatible:
– iPhone 14
– iPhone 14 Plus
– iPhone 14 Pro
– iPhone 14 Pro Max
– iPhone 13
– iPhone 13 mini
– iPhone 13 Pro
– iPhone 13 Pro Max
– iPhone 12
– iPhone 12 mini
– iPhone 12 Pro
– iPhone 12 Pro Max
– iPhone 11
– iPhone 11 Pro
– iPhone 11 Pro Max
– iPhone XS
– iPhone XS Max
– iPhone XR
– iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
These devices will be able to receive and install iOS 17.
iOS 17 introduces several new features, and one of the most significant additions is the introduction of a new standby mode that transforms your phone into a smart display. This feature is designed to enhance your device’s usability and functionality.
With iOS 17’s new standby mode, when you place your phone on charge in landscape orientation, it will display a customizable screen. This screen can include various widgets like a clock, calendar, weather, media controls, and photos, allowing you to tailor the information and features you want at your fingertips while your device is charging.
With iOS 17, iPhones are catching up with Android by introducing interactive widgets that allow you to control various aspects, such as music playback and home automation, directly from your home screen, eliminating the need to enter specific apps.
Apple has also addressed long-standing autocorrect issues, improving text input by making your phone learn your texting habits, and eliminating frustrating corrections like “ducking.”
Additionally, iOS 17 allows you to create custom contact cards, which will be displayed when you call another iPhone user. You can also share these customized contact cards with others using AirDrop, making it easier to share your contact information seamlessly.
iOS 17 introduces some innovative features, including the ability to send pre-recorded messages via FaceTime, making communication more flexible. Additionally, when receiving a traditional voicemail, you’ll have the option to view a live transcription of the message, aiding in your decision to answer the call or not.
Furthermore, iOS 17 introduces the Journal app, designed for capturing and preserving life’s moments and memories, essentially serving as a virtual scrapbook to help you appreciate and document significant experiences.
The exact release time for iOS 17 has not been officially announced by Apple. However, based on past releases, it could become available around 6 p.m. BST (British Summer Time).
To get the new iOS update, you can follow these steps when it becomes available:
1. Ensure your device is connected to Wi-Fi and has sufficient storage space.
2. Go to your iPhone’s Settings app.
3. Scroll down and tap on “General.”
4. Select “Software Update.”
5. If iOS 17 is available, you will see it listed here. Tap on it to download and install the update.
As for features, iOS 17 brings several enhancements, including a standby mode that turns your phone into a smart display, interactive widgets for easier control, improvements to autocorrect, the ability to send pre-recorded FaceTime messages, live transcriptions for voicemail, and the introduction of a Journal app for preserving memories. These features aim to enhance the functionality and user experience of your iPhone.